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Poem by William Cowper


A Comparison


The lapse of time and rivers is the same,
Both speed their journey with a restless stream;
The silent pace, with which they steal away,
No wealth can bribe, no prayers persuade to stay;
Alike irrevocable both when past,
And a wide ocean swallows both at last.
Though each resemble each in every part,
A difference strikes at length the musing heart;
Streams never flow in vain; where streams abound,
How laughs the land with various plenty crownТd!
But time, that should enrich the nobler mind,
Neglected, leaves a dreary waste behind. 



William Cowper


William Cowper's other poems:
  1. To The Rev. Mr. Newton
  2. The Dog and the Water Lily
  3. The New Convert
  4. The Diverting History of John Gilpin
  5. A Figurative Description of the Procedure of Divine Love


Poems of the other poets with the same name:

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